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IAB Employment Samples: Outline of the Regional File 1975 - 2004

Content characteristics

Methodological characteristics

Data access

The detailed dataset description is available under "working tools".

Content characteristics 

Categories Descriptions
 Topics Socio-demographic characteristics:
Individuall ID, gender, year of birth, nationality (German/ foreigner, for West Germany only), school education and professional qualifications
Employment-related characteristics:
Information on employment:
uIncluding start and end date of employment, type of employment (especially differentiation between employment covered by social security and marginal employment), gross earnings subject to social security, profession (130 aggregated files), occupational status (including full or part-time employment), reason for employment notification (e.g. end of or break in employment)
Information on establishment:
Establishment counter (for identification of establishment changes), industry (16 classes), establishment location (343 regions as defined by the 'Mikrozensus')*
Benefit-related characteristics:
Start and end date of benefit receipt period, type of benefit (unemployment benefit, unemployment assistance or maintenance allowance), location of responsible employment agency in East or West Germany, reason for termination of benefit payment
 Data unit Employees covered by social security (including marginal employment since 1999), benefit recipients
 Number of cases 1,360,949 individuals
 Period covered West: 01/01/1975 – 31/12/2004
East: 01/01/1992 – 31/12/2004
 Time reference employment biographies on on a day-to-day basis
 Regional structure Place of work: West/East Germany, federal states (Bundeslaender), 343 regions as defined per 'Mikrozensus' on the basis of the district code number

Methodological characteristics 

Categories Descriptions
 Method of data collection 2 % random sample taken from the Employee and Benefit Recipient History of the IAB, straified according to Germans and non-Germans and East and West Germany
 Institutions involved Social security agencies, Federal Employment Agency
 Frequency of data collection Permanent
 File format and size ASCII (1.8 GB), SPSS (1.6 GB), Stata (1.1 GB)
 File architecture

IABS-R01.DAT (ASCII file); IABS-R01.CF (Input file for 'TDA' statistics program)
IABS-R01.SAV (SPSS file)

IABS-R01.DTA (Stata file)

Data access 

Categories Descriptions
 Data access Scientific use file
 Degree of anonymisation factually anonymous
 Sensitive variables None

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